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U.S. 'Occupy' Activists Hold May Day Demos

In New York City's Bryant Park, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) activists held what they called "creative disruptions against corporations” to celebrate the workers' rights movement and protest rising economic inequality as part of May Day festivities. May 1 -- also known as International Worker’s Day -- is a holiday in 80 countries but not in the United States. Members of the OWS movement held numerous demonstrations across the country. (Photos by RFE/RL's Courtney Brooks)

A protester hands out copies of the movement's newsletter, "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," in New York City's Bryant Park.
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A protester hands out copies of the movement's newsletter, "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," in New York City's Bryant Park.

A police officer rides alongside Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march from New York City's Bryant Park to Union Square.
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A police officer rides alongside Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march from New York City's Bryant Park to Union Square.

An animal rights activist intercepted an OWS planning session and convinced them all to cheer for her cause.
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An animal rights activist intercepted an OWS planning session and convinced them all to cheer for her cause.

Three OWS activists protest at New York City's Bryant Park. Many protesters wore masks from the movie "V For Vendetta," a dystopian thriller in which London is a police state.
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Three OWS activists protest at New York City's Bryant Park. Many protesters wore masks from the movie "V For Vendetta," a dystopian thriller in which London is a police state.

An OWS protester shouted "Long live the People's Republic of China," while handing out a local daily Chinese newspaper and extolling the virtues of communism.
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An OWS protester shouted "Long live the People's Republic of China," while handing out a local daily Chinese newspaper and extolling the virtues of communism.

A protester stood on Bryant Park's fountain and shouted that both the Democratic and Republican parties are guilty of corruption and greed.
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A protester stood on Bryant Park's fountain and shouted that both the Democratic and Republican parties are guilty of corruption and greed.

A protester carries an airplane from which hangs the OWS movement's agenda for May 1.
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A protester carries an airplane from which hangs the OWS movement's agenda for May 1.

Protesters meditate in New York City's Bryant Park.
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Protesters meditate in New York City's Bryant Park.

Activists discuss strategy.
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Activists discuss strategy.

An activist carries a sign warning that America is a sinking ship and calling on its citizens to "rise."
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An activist carries a sign warning that America is a sinking ship and calling on its citizens to "rise."

Three OWS activists make a papier-mache Statue of Liberty dance to music.
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Three OWS activists make a papier-mache Statue of Liberty dance to music.

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